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Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : rendered animal fat
b : oily matter
c : a thick lubricant
2 : wool as it comes from the sheep retaining the natural oils or fats
in the grease
of wool or fur : in the natural uncleaned condition


\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) , ˈgrēz How to pronounce grease (audio) \
greased; greasing

Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to smear or daub with grease
2 : to lubricate with grease
3 : to soil with grease
4 : to hasten the process or progress of also : facilitate
grease the hand of or grease the palm of
: bribe

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Other Words from grease


greaseless \ ˈgrēs-​ləs How to pronounce grease (audio) \ adjective
greaseproof \ ˈgrēs-​ˈprüf How to pronounce grease (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for grease

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of grease in a Sentence

Verb Grease the pan before you put the cake batter in. make sure you grease the pan before you put the batter in
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On one occasion Edwards dipped metal tongs into hot grease and burned Smith's neck, the Justice Department said. NBC News, "Black man enslaved by white restaurant owner should be awarded more than $500K, court rules," 4 May 2021 The court said Edwards also physically abused Smith by whipping him with his belt, beating him with kitchen pans, punching him, and once, by dipping metal tongs into hot grease and burning Smith's neck. Denise Lavoie, Star Tribune, "Court: Black man made to work without pay entitled to $546K," 4 May 2021 On one occasion, Edwards dipped metal tongs into hot grease when Smith didn’t bring fried chicken to the buffet as fast as Edwards wanted, according to a court document. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, "White manager who enslaved Black employee should pay double in restitution, court says," 3 May 2021 Smith feared Edwards, who once dipped metal tongs into grease and pressed them into Smith's neck when Smith failed to quickly restock the buffet with fried chicken, the ruling says. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A restaurant manager who forced a Black man to work without pay owes him more than $500,000 in restitution, court rules," 3 May 2021 In response, Edwards dipped metal tongs into hot grease and pressed them into Smith’s neck, according to court records. Washington Post, "Black man enslaved by White restaurant manager should be awarded more than $500,000, court says," 2 May 2021 Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment Masque to slick back second or third-day hair for extra moisture, or try using clips or headbands to hide any grease. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The Best Tips For Greasy Hair, According to Experts," 28 Apr. 2021 But blush prevailed again during the Renaissance, with concoctions of cochineal, sandalwood, or cinnabar mixed with grease or wax. Linda Wells, Town & Country, "This Will Make You Blush," 16 Apr. 2021 The cause of the backup, which happened just after Thanksgiving 2019, was a collapsed sewer pipe, and the city accepted responsibility after initially blaming residents for pouring cooking grease down drains. New York Times, "Raw Sewage Flooded Their Homes. They’re Still Waiting for Help.," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take some of your melted butter and grease your pan. Joe Baur,, "Aranygaluska: A Hungarian pull-apart coffee cake," 5 May 2021 Grease an 8-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with a round of parchment paper and grease the paper as well. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 The authors suggest the negotiators helped grease the wheels for a subsequent larger exchange with a multimillion-euro ransom, which may have only fueled further violence. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, "Are more eyes better? How social media can worsen foreign crises.," 26 Apr. 2021 Grab your trusty casserole, lightly grease it, then pour in the beans and next five ingredients (ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, brown sugar, and molasses or sorghum syrup). Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "These Easy Baked Beans Are My Most Requested Summer Side Dish Recipe," 21 Apr. 2021 The Association of American Railroads has also weighed in to grease the tracks for a VMT tax. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, "Polling shows slight majority support for mileage tax," 15 Apr. 2021 Lightly grease a large, parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Ham and Cheese Pinwheels," 29 Mar. 2021 Generously grease the bottom of a shallow 10-inch ovenproof cast-iron pan with some of the brown butter. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "All hail the mighty potato! No, really," 23 Mar. 2021 Lightly grease each tin with cooking spray or oil and place a circle of dough into each tin. Washington Post, "With a flaky crust and delicate filling, Chinese egg tarts evoke sweet memories and a fusion cuisine," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of grease


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grease


Middle English grese, from Anglo-French gresse, greisse, creisse, from Vulgar Latin *crassia, from Latin crassus fat

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The first known use of grease was in the 13th century

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12 May 2021

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“Grease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: melted animal fat
: an oily substance



English Language Learners Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a thin layer of grease or oil on (something)


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Kids Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance obtained from animal fat by melting
2 : oily material
3 : a thick lubricant


\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) , ˈgrēz \
greased; greasing

Kids Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or lubricate with an oily material

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